Loop Energy, a company providing hydrogen fuel cell based solutions for the medium-to-heavy duty vehicle market, has announced it has received a purchase order from a leading bus manufacturer in China.
Bus in Hangzhou, China. Courtesy of S Shankhar
The order is to support the Nanjing municipal government’s objective of replacing its existing 7000-unit battery-electric bus fleet with an improved battery-hydrogen hybrid alternative that offers all-season, long-range, and higher passenger-capacity operation.
The multiple-unit range extender order, which represents the start of a long-term commercial agreement with a total estimated value of approximately $15 million over a three-year period, follows the receipt of product certification for Loop’s 50 kW Fuel Cell Range Extender Module series from the China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC), a national independent testing and certification organization for vehicular products in China.
“We are pleased to receive this initial order for Loop’s 50 kW fuel cell range extenders immediately following the earning of product certification from CATARC, who is widely recognised as one of the premier vehicle testing organizations worldwide” said Ben Nyland, President and Chief Executive Officer of Loop Energy. “This agreement marks an important milestone for Loop as it signifies a ramp-up of commercial activity, but it is also a testament to the growing market recognition of Loop product’s performance and cost advantages. We look forward to building on this momentum as we expand our market footprint in China, Europe and other international markets.”
As the company’s premier product for heavy-duty trucks and buses, Loop Energy’s 50 kW range extenders unlock multiple cost and performance benefits over traditional fuel cell designs including the industry’s highest power density which results in substantial fuel cell manufacturing and system integration cost advantages.
Certified to GB/T standards, Loop Energy’s range extender is officially listed with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China (MIIT) and approved for vehicle indexing, enabling original equipment manufacturers to select Loop Energy’s product for integration into market-ready fuel cell electric vehicles in China. We invite original equipment manufacturers to contact Loop Energy to receive detailed product information on our market-leading fuel cell range extender systems.